Philadelphia Eagles versus Cleveland Browns: 4 concerns about Week 11

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3. Can the Philadelphia Eagles’ offense do just enough to win?

This a question the Eagles’ fanbase and this staff asks every week. Philadelphia has severely regressed as an entire unit, but they should be able to do enough to win this game (hopefully).

The Browns calling card on the defensive side of the ball is their ability to generate a pass rush. Cleveland’s defensive front, led by defensive end Miles Garrett, is ranked tenth overall in sacks and eighth in run defense. The Browns run a 4-3 (ish) defense but use a variety of sub-packages. They use a lot of zone coverage to disguise different looks and then use their pass rush to generate turnovers. So, what does this all mean for the Eagles?

It means Philadelphia will have to scheme ways to shift resources to Garrett’s side of the field to help in pass protection, but the one thing the Eagles have working for them is that the Browns don’t protect the passer very well themselves. They’re ranked at the bottom of the league (20th). So quick passes, slants, and crossing routes should be on the menu.

Another issue that the Browns and Eagles both share is Cleveland also has difficulty in defending misdirection plays, so running RPO’s (run-pass options) and getting the quarterback out of the pocket by design could significantly open up this offense, help buy some time in pass protection, and expose Cleveland’s defense. Advantage: Eagles